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Pros: - Build Quality.
- Noise level.
- Single card temps.
- Single card scrypt mining 870 kh/s.
Cons: - Higher VRM temps than stock cards.
- Temp issues when using multiple cards.
- Card droop.
- Can't mine scrypt at max settings when using more than
Other Thoughts: Okay, I got two of these to use in my gaming rig for a cfx config for 7680x1440. I figured I’d use them for mining too when I wasn’t gaming. I’ve spent about a week testing each card individually and together. It took over a month to get these, so being impatient, I picked up an OEM R9 290X (couldn’t find any 290’s). Compared to the OEM 290X these cards are a lot cooler and quieter. However, I will admit the OEM coolers are not as bad as everyone says they are. The main issue is how they have the fan profile set up.
But back to these cards, the build quality is excellent and the cards look gorgeous. Single card performance and temps are just like everyone else says. Usually in the mid to high 70’s (Celsius) with the fans being very quiet. As for mining scrypt, both cards maxed out at around 870 kh/s individually. Both my cards seemed to like these setting the best; “--thread-concurrency 31000 -I 20 -w 256 -v 2 -g 1 --gpu-engine 966 --gpu-fan 75 --gpu-memclock 1500 --temp-cutoff 95”. This is with Windows 8.1 and cgminer 3.7.2.
But as soon as you put two of these in the same rig everything changes. Temps while gaming shoot up into the 80’s and 90’s for both cards. VRM temps went up even higher, getting close to 100c. My gpu temps ranged from 85 to 93c with CFX enabled. And the VRM temps ranged from 86 to 98c. On a good note, I will say, these temps didn’t cause any throttling. But the VRM temps are a fair amount higher than on the OEM 290X. The 290X is mining at full force sandwiched up against a 7850 in a mid-tower case. And the GPU temp is 74c with the VRM temps being 55c and 66c. Fan speed is set at 75%. Sounds like a hair dryer, lol.
These high VRM temps killed any possibility of me being able to run both cards at max settings for mining. VRM temps would quickly go above 110c. Even though I never had any problems running SLI configs in it before. I thought it might be my case. It’s a full tower case with six noctua fans in it. And since these cards do tend to droop a little. Which I was a little uncomfortable with. I decided to go shopping for another case.
I ended up getting the Cooler Master XB EVO. It’s a cube case that doubles as a test bench. I’ve got to say I love the case. And I don’t have to worry about card droop anymore. Unfortunately, even as a test bench; with the side panels and top off, there’s no improvement in cooling. I ended up having to down clock my cards for mining. I settled at 700 kh/s per card giving me temps in the 70’s for the gpu’s and 80’s for the VRM’s. Also, I forgot to mention my motherboard is 3-way sli/cfx compatible. So there’s actually two empty slots open between the cards.
I will admit I don’t have an actual mining rig set up. With a complete open frame and risers to lift the cards off the motherboard. The temps might not be an issue. But for use in a gaming pc I would have to knock off one star for a single card because of the higher VRM temp. And in a CFX setup I’d knock off two stars.
Pros: - PRICE DROP!
- Very fast card.
- Runs cool and quiet.
- nVidia Holiday Bundle Games.
Cons: - Not as sexy as the stock cooler, but not cheap looking either.
- Newegg is not including the coupons for NVIDIA Shield.
Other Thoughts: With the price drop and the included games this is a great time to pick up this card. However, if your buying this card because you want to get a NVIDIA Shield, you might be disappointed. I was looking forward to getting a NVIDIA Shield next pay day. But Newegg did not include the $100 coupon.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NVIDIA GIFT Holiday Bundle
Pros: FREE GAMES!!!
- Batman Arkham Origins code for Steam.
- Splinter Cell Blacklist code for uPlay.
- Assassins Creed Black Flag code for uPlay.
Cons: - NO COUPON for nVidia Shield!!!
- Can't play Assassin's Creed Black Flag until Nov. 19th.
- Would have liked all 3 of the games to been on Steam.
Other Thoughts: Very upset that Newegg isn't honoring the nVidia Shield coupon for the Holiday Bundle. This was the main reason for my purchase of the GTX 770. I was going to use the $100 coupon to order a Shield on my next payday. Oh well, I'm not going to pay $300 for the Shield. But I would have jumped on it for $200.READ FULL REVIEW
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